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David Bowles is a Mexican-American author from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. He has written over 20 books, most notably The Smoking Mirror and They Call Me Güero. This summer HarperCollins will launch his 13th Street series, pitched as a Latinx Stranger Things for kids ages 5-10; in the fall, his graphic novels Rise of the Halfling King and Clockwork Curandera: The Witch Owl Parliament will be released. David’s work has also been published in multiple anthologies, plus venues such as School Library Journal, Apex, Strange Horizons, Rattle, Translation Review, and the Journal of Children’s Literature. In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.
TANANARIVE DUE (tah-nah-nah-REEVE doo) is an award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. She is an executive producer on Shudder’s groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. A leading voice in black speculative fiction for more than 20 years, Due has won an American Book Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a British Fantasy Award, and her writing has been included in best-of-the-year anthologies. Her books include Ghost Summer: Stories, My Soul to Keep, and The Good House. She and her late mother, civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due, co-authored Freedom in the Family: a Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights. She is married to author Steven Barnes, with whom she collaborates on screenplays. They live with their son, Jason, and two cats.
Gabino Iglesias is a writer, editor, journalist, and book reviewer living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of COYOTE SONGS, ZERO SAINTS (both from Broken River Books), and GUTMOUTH (Eraserhead Press). He is the book reviews editor at PANK Magazine, the TV/film editor at Entropy Magazine, and a columnist for LitReactor and CLASH Media. His nonfiction has appeared in places like The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the LA Times, El Nuevo Día, and other venues. The stuff that’s made up has been published in places like Red Fez, Flash Fiction Offensive, Drunk Monkeys, Bizarro Central, Paragraph Line, Divergent Magazine, Cease, Cows, and many horror, crime, surrealist, and bizarro anthologies.
You can find him on Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias
Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, public scholar and poet. She is the co-editor of two anthologies including Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements. Imarisha is also the author of Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption, which won a 2017 Oregon Book Award, and a poetry collection Scars/Stars. In 2015, she received a Tiptree Fellowship for her science fiction writing. Imarisha has taught in Stanford University’s Program of Writing and Rhetoric, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts’ MFA in Creative Writing and Masters in Critical Studies, Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, and Oregon State University’s Women Gender Sexuality Studies Department.
Angels with Dirty Faces: https://www.akpress.org/angelswithdirtyfaces.html
Octavia’s Brood: https://www.akpress.org/octavia-s-brood.html
Margaret Killjoy is a transfeminine author and editor currently living in a self-built cabin in the Appalachian mountains. She is the author of the Danielle Cain series of novellas, published by Tor.com. The first book, The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, was released in 2017, and its sequel The Barrow Will Send What it May came out in April 2018. Her work primarily deals with themes of power and anarchism, as well as gender, social transformation, and people living itinerant or criminal lifestyles.
Moderator T. Thorn Coyle is a novelist, activist, musician, digital artist, and teacher. Author of novel series The Witches of Portland, The Panther Chronicles, and the forthcoming epic fantasy The Steel Clan Saga, their non-fiction books are Sigil Magic for Writers, Artists & Other Creatives, Kissing the Limitless, Make Magic of Your Life, Crafting a Daily Practice, and Evolutionary Witchcraft and the essay collection Resistance Matters. Thorn also released four albums of chants and songs, several short story collections, and appears in many magazines and anthologies.